Study: The link between Autism and Antidepressants

NEW YORK (NBC News) – A new study has found a possible link between antidepressants taken during pregnancy and autism in kids.

The study from researchers in Canada involved more than 145,000 children followed from birth through age 10.

Its findings are important. The authors say women who took antidepressants during pregnancy, especially during the second and third trimesters, had an increased risk of having a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

It’s also important to point out that increase in risk was extremely small.

“For women who are taking antidepressant during pregnancy, they found that they have one half of one percent of an increase in having an autistic child,” explains Dr. Gail Saltz of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

While the study did find an association, it does not prove antidepressants cause autism. Depression itself may play a role.

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